KidneyX offers $10 million in prizes for artificial kidney development

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology are offering up to $10 million in prizes for innovations in artificial kidney development.

According to a press release, the KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize competition serves as KidneyX’s first effort focused primarily on advancing the development of artificial kidneys with the goal of moving toward testing efficacy and reliability in human clinical trials.

“KidneyX is growing an innovator community with the expertise and vision to create a paradigm shift in kidney care — the public-private partnership is on track to foster catalytic change to improve kidney health and, most importantly, achieve the outcomes important to patients, their caregivers and those that love them,” John Sedor, MD, FASN, chair of the KidneyX steering committee, said in the release. “The Artificial Kidney Prize is committed to supporting multidisciplinary teams in bringing forward solutions that increase survival and restore quality of life for people with kidney failure.”

The release stated that by following the goals outlined in the Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches To Renal Replacement Therapy, HHS and ASN hope to transform currently available dialysis methods by providing novel continuous kidney replacement therapies.

“The KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize aims to radically improve kidney care by bringing together innovators across expertise areas, including nephrology, bioengineering, materials science, regenerative medicine and medical devices,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in the release.

The competition is open to both U.S. and international participants, with a judging panel recommending up to eight winners, according to the release.

“Transformative innovation-like steps toward an artificial kidney are key to delivering on the goals of the president’s Advancing American Kidney Health initiative and helping the millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease who have been neglected for far too long,” Azar said.